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Tent Reviews: Vango Alpha 200

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Alpha 200 Reviews

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Berths:
Weight:
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Bedroom inners:
Living area groundsheet:
Pitching Style:
Yes
2  (more 2 berth tents)
2.75 KG
30.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
7.4/10 from 15 reviews

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15 Reviews of the Alpha 200         Showing 11 to 15          Page:   1   2  

By: Alctanay  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Being a 1st-time camper, bought this 50 Vango 200 tent set (2 sleeping bags and 2 mats included) online. I did find it quite easy to install esp since I didn't have to read the instructions - just looked at the drawn structure and that's it. V windy condition at the time of pitching and after but found the tent able to withstand it nonetheless (if not for one sewn part that snagged due to the strong wind). With the overnight rain - the warm condition inside the tent found the 3 air vents still wanting, with moisture forming on the 2 plastic windows. Still a fun and great-value-for-money tent to buy - really made our 1st camping experience enjoyable!
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By: Baldmosher  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I finally abandoned my trusty (but very cheap) ProAction single-skin tent at Glade Festival in 2007. It had stayed completely watertight (with regular w/p spraying) through two separate downpours, but after the 24-hour deluge at Glade I had collected a very small puddle of water in the bottom corner, so I decided it was time to upgrade to a real tent.

The 2000mmHH Vango Alpha 200 looked like a much better proposition all round and at a good price too.

Compared to the ProAction tent this seems like a luxury home! The build and material quality and stitching are excellent.

It took about 2 mins to put the flysheet up and 10 mins to fully erect. I had the instructions out, but didn't need them. If you've put up a dome tent before then this is second nature.

It was just about big enough for two grown men sleeping on camp mats (I'm 6'3' and skinny, my friend is 5'10' and well-built), our rucksacks fit snugly into the porch (not what I would call 'large'!), and it's very very light so perfect for hikers needing a quick overnight shelter, and a third of the price of 'adventure' tents.

Thankfully, it weathered a 12 hour downpour on the first night. We stayed totally dry.

My only possible criticism, as stated in another review, is that the vents aren't especially big, if you're camped in a sheltered spot and it's raining (i.E. The skin is kept cool), you will certainly steam up inside overnight. The windows were condensated. However, it had dried out in under ten mins once we opened the front flap.
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By: RPA190  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

A cracking tent. It cost a lot more than 30 when I bought mine (1993) but it's lasted me ages and has always kept me bone dry.

Easy to pitch and very light.

As with most synthetic fly sheets it is prone to condensation given the right (wrong) conditions. However, given a slight breeze and good positioning this is no problem at all.
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By: DJ Dunk  Reason: I've seen one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Other half used one of these for her D of E Gold expedition. Very lightweight and faultless quality.

Just the ticket when you need a quick to erect, reliable shelter from the elements.

Spot on Vango, well done.
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By: Bricon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought this tent for cycle touring because at 2.75kg it's a good kilogram lighter than most other tents in it's class. (without having to pay out a three figure sum on a ultra light hikers tent). I use it as a single birth, with plenty of room for all my gear. I think if you did use it as a 2 birth - you would have to be pretty good friends. Over all I'm very please to get a tent of this quality for under 30
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15 User Reviews of the Alpha 200 - Showing 11 to 15          Page:   1   2  

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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Alpha 200 - part of Vango's range of dome tents with large front porches, ideal for first time campers, festival goers and cycle/motorcycle campers. Relatively light, portable, packable and easy to erect. The tent has a 2-berth breathable polyester inner with bathtub groundsheet and a front porch area with pre-attached groundsheet. The flysheet is made from Protex 2000, a polyester fabric with 2000mm hydrostatic head with fully taped seams. Within the flysheet are air vents and 'crystal clear' windows with internal covers for privacy. The Fibreflex fibreglass poles are colour coded for easy identification. Pitched inner tent first. Comes complete with zip entry handled carry bag.

FEATURES

* The Vango Alpha 200 features taped seams for waterproof protection
* Inner first pitching simple pitching system.
* Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
* Ring and pin system simple pole attachment
* Pre-attached guy ropes ensures correct positioning and improves pitching speed
* The Vango Alpha 200 includes a guy tidy velcro holder allows guylines to be packed neatly, making re-pitching easier
* Colour coded poles match the poles to the sleeve tab for easy pitching
* Front flysheet vents with covers allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
* Breathable fabric inner creates a comfortable sleeping area
* Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
* Part mesh on inner door reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
* The Vango Alpha 200 features storage solutions inner pockets - keeping those essentials close at hand
* Crystal clear windows allow maximum light into living areas
* Lantern point loop or hook conveniently placed to attach lighting

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